Acclaimed harpsichordist and Shoah survivor Zuzana Ruzickova dies aged 90

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Acclaimed harpsichordist and Shoah survivor Zuzana Ruzickova dies aged 90

World-renowned musician who survived Auschwitz death camp and communist persecution passes away

Zuzana Ruzickova (Screenshot from youtube)
Zuzana Ruzickova (Screenshot from youtube)

A Czech musician who survived Nazi death camps and communist persecution before winning world acclaim as a harpsichordist has died aged 90.

Zuzana Ruzickova died on Wednesday, Czech Philarmonic spokesman Ludek Brezina said.

Ruzickova and her parents were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942.

After her father’s death, the Nazis sent her and her mother to the death camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

Ruzickova’s persecution continued after the communists took power in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1948.

Her international career kicked off with a victory in an international competition in Munich in 1956.

Ruzickova played music that spanned baroque to contemporary, but was the first musician to record all of Bach’s music for harpsichord.

She received numerous awards, including recognition by France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

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